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New Plant Sciences majors tour local natural areas

Twenty three new Plant Sciences majors hit the trifecta Saturday, exploring the gorge trails at three local state parks — Buttermilk Falls, Robert H. Treman, and Taughannock Falls — led by Director of Undergraduate Studies, Marvin Pritts Undergraduate Program Coordinator Leah Cynara Cook.

As a bonus, the group toured Henry A. Smith Woods — a rare stand old-growth forest outside Trumansburg, N.Y. — before finishing up the day with a cookout and bonfire at Pritts’s.

Upper Treman.

Upper Treman.

Upper Treman.

Upper Treman.

Obligagory Taughannock Falls shot.

Obligatory Taughannock Falls shot.

Garlands crafted at Smith Woods.

Garlands crafted at Smith Woods.

Board approves Cornell Botanic Gardens naming

The bioswale garden, located next to the Nevin Welcome Center, is one part of the 150 acres of cultivated gardens on campus. (Photo: Jay Potter/Cornell Botanic Gardens)

The bioswale garden, located next to the Nevin Welcome Center, is one part of the 150 acres of cultivated gardens on campus. (Photo: Jay Potter/Cornell Botanic Gardens)

Cornell Chronicle [2016-10-28]:

Cornell’s living botanical and natural areas collection is getting a new name.

Cornell Botanic Gardens was officially approved Oct. 28 by the Cornell University Board of Trustees, the final step in a broad rebranding effort begun more than two years ago. The new moniker replaces Cornell Plantations as the name of the world-class botanic gardens, arboretum and more than 3,500 acres of natural areas tended by an organization that welcomes to campus more than 70,000 visitors each year.

“We are thrilled by the board’s encouragement as we open a new chapter in our long and illustrious history,” said Christopher Dunn, the Elizabeth Newman Wilds Director. “Cornell Botanic Gardens expresses our position as a full-fledged public garden with first-class horticultural collections and some of the finest conservation and education programs anywhere in the world.”

Read the whole article.

Online botanical illustration courses start January 23

botanical illustrationLearn botanical illustration online.  Three courses taught by Marcia Eames-Sheavly start January 23, 2017:

You can view works by students in previous classes on display in the cases in the west wing of the first floor of Plant Science Building.

The course webpages also have links to previous students who have posted their works online.

Reminder: Dilmun Hill’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Saturday

dilmun 20th banner

From the Dilmun Hill Student Farm farm managers:

Join us on the Farm to help celebrate Dilmun Hill Cornell Student Organic Farm’s 20th year in existence!

Activities, demonstrations, farm tours, food, drinks, live music & more!

We will be joined by a vareity of other on-campus organizations including Beekeeping Club, Fantastic Fungi Fanatics, Snodwigs, and many more. Stay tuned to here about all our special guests.

This event is FREE, open to the public, and kid-friendly.

Parking is available at the Cornell Print Services Parking lot on the SE corner of Pine Tree Rd and Dryden Rd; at the Oxley parking lot across Dryden Rd from the Humphrey Facilities Plant; and at the O lot on Campus Rd near the intersection of Judd Falls and Campus Rd. All three lots have pedestrian paths that lead to the four way stop intersection of Dryden Rd and Pine Tree Rd. Please cross in the marked pedestrian cross walks and follow the pedestrian path across the new bridge over Pine Tree Rd. The entrance to Dilmun is on the left side of the Recreation Path just over the bridge. If you need accommodations to park in the designated handicap space in the driveway, please contact Mandy Economos @ (607) 255-3332 or email mse55@cornell.edu prior to the event this Saturday, 10/29.

More information.

Toward Sustainability Foundation grant deadline is Dec. 5

For more than 15 years, CALS has bolstered its sustainability research with a steady stream of gifts from the Toward Sustainability Foundation (TSF), a Massachusetts-based organization founded by an anonymous, eco-minded Cornell alumna.

Since 1999, TSF provided more than $1.2 million in funding for more than 100 faculty and student projects that examine the technological, social, political, and economic elements of sustainable agriculture.

The deadline for proposals for the 2017 round of funding is December 5, 2016

Read more about TSF grants, download the full Request for Proposals, and view titles and contacts of recent projects.

A 2016 Toward Sustainability Foundation grant helped fuel construction of a moveable high tunnell at Dilmun Hill Student Farm featuring an innovative design by Alena Hutchinson '18.

A 2016 Toward Sustainability Foundation grant helped fuel construction of a movable high tunnel at Dilmun Hill Student Farm featuring an innovative design by Alena Hutchinson ’18.

Seminar video: The Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation – Networking for Change

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar, The Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation – Networking for Change with Casey Hoy, Faculty Director, InFACT, Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystems Management, The Ohio State University, it  is available online.

More seminar videos: Horticulture | School of Integrative Plant Science

In the news: Picking the perfect pumpkin and more

Steve Reiners

Steve Reiners

Tricks for perfect pumpkin picking [Cornell Media Relations tip sheet 2016-10-10] – Horticulture Section professor and pumpkin expert Steve Reiners shares some tips on how to pick the perfect pumpkin for the Halloween season. See also this video from 2012:

Other recent news of horticultural interest from the Cornell Chronicle:

Celebrate Dilmun Hill’s 20th Anniversary October 29

Happy 20th banner

Via Betsy Leonard ‘81, Organic Farm Coordinator, Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (CUAES):

Dilmun Hill Student Organic Farm is pleased to invite you to our 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Please join us on the Farm on Saturday, October 29th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm for food & drink, activities, and live music.

We will be hosting an array of other student-lead Cornell organizations, faculty, and community members as we come together to celebrate twenty years of student farming at Dilmun.

This event is kid-friendly and open to the public, so please bring along any family and friends.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions? Comments? Contact Isabel at ig234@cornell.edu

Please RSVP on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1395083610519474/

Seminar video: The promise of urban agriculture

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar, The promise of urban agriculture with Anu Rangarajan and Molly Riordan, it  is available online.

More seminar videos: Horticulture | School of Integrative Plant Science

Whitlow, Rossi honored

Two recent recognitions:

Whitlow

Whitlow

Tom Whitlow, associate professor in the Horticulture Section,  has been selected as a Frank Rosenblatt Faculty Fellow  for his “longstanding and deep commitment to the Hurburt Residential College for Environmental Education and Awareness.”  Whitlow has been a faculty fellow at Hurlburt, also known as Ecology House, since 1994. The award letter from Rebecca Stoltzfus, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, cited the many hours Tom has devoted to enriching student experience through dinner discussions, exploring the local environment, and long term mentorship. More information.

 

Rossi

Rossi

Frank Rossi, associate professor and Extension turfgrass specialist in the Horticulture Section, has been named Man of the Year by the New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA).  NYSTA commended Rossi for his unwavering dedication to the horticulture industry by means of continual research and education, recognizing him as one of the leading experts of turfgrass science today. More information.

Congratulations Tom, Frank!

 

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